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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Avalon Ballroom on 1968-10-13 (October 13, 1968)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: October 13, 1968 (check for other copies)
Venue: Avalon Ballroom
Location: San Francisco, CA

Source: MSR > DAT > Sonic Solutions > CD
Lineage: CD > EAC > WAV > SHN
Transferred by: David Gans
Keywords: Soundboard; David Gans; Charlie Miller; Michael Owen


Set 1

Dark Star ->
Saint Stephen ->
The Eleven ->
Death Don't Have No Mercy

Set 2

Cryptical Envelopment ->
Drums ->
The Other One ->
Cryptical Envelopment ->
New Potato Caboose ->
Drums ->
Jam ->



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Reviewer: notfadeawaayay - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 19, 2014
Subject: beautiful, lively
calm, patient, and energetic dark star. sucks you right in, flows naturally, builds, and breathes. this eleven is just delicious! really packs in some energy and spits it out! not to mention jerry and phil are killin' it in there! great energy overall, beautiful example of what these guys could do together, just living in the moment and letting the music guide them

this is the kind of set that sucks me, energizes every molecule in my body, then leaves me buzzing and a little dizzy! great show, effortless transfers, great recording!!
Reviewer: njpg - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - October 13, 2011
Subject: Very good show,
a bit short, needs pitch correction.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 14, 2011
Subject: Great Avalon show
Based on clementinescaboose's comment below, I'm going to go back and listen to the previous night's performance again. I can tell you both are absolutely incredible, high-intensity performances.
The only knock against this performance is the abrupt end of NPC.
Thanks to the team for putting this together.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 2, 2010
Subject: great, BUT NOT as great as the 12th
of couse this is a five-star show, but to those who suggest that it is better than the night before, they are wrong! 10/12s second set blows this nights second set away...not only does it have one of the best TIFTOO suites of all time, the fantastic New Potato>Drums>Jam is one of the best dead jams to come out of '68. not to mention the 12ths eleven i think is better and tighter (though this is somewhat debatable -they're both excellent).

anyways, as far as this shows highlights, the Dark Star is absolutely wonderful, with some great ensemble playing, as well as the aforementioned 11. also a nice, bluesy Death Don't, and a rockin' Other One. very high energy and electrified show, as with most of '68. this and the night before make great driving music!
Reviewer: ligaf - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 14, 2010
Subject: wow
i was not even a year old when they played this show. i had the misfortune of seeing them in slc in the spring of 95. freedom? just kill me. i saw a better band later in the evening at the zeyphr. i was melting away with my friends in the early dawn hours pondering the myth. what happened? how did they get there? was that their beautiful house? it was not mine.

time passed. i was left to my imagination and the devices of my patron to design the tooling required to set up operations in the newly built chinese sister.

the ringing phones and prairie dog chatter drove me off the reservation. i sought refuge in the digital void.

a hapzard step here and there lead me to seeking the darkest star.

i think i am there.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 5, 2009
Subject: No Pigpen, but great Dark Star, The Eleven gets 11 stars!
A beautifully rendered Dark Star in a season of great Dark Stars, though cut off at the beginning. Near perfection. Dark Stars this good are rare after 1970.

There are a lot of great Eleven’s from mid-‘68 to mid-’69. This is one of them. The short jam near the beginning of the Eleven is dynamite, and the rest of it is hot and firey and perfection. The drummers are fabulous here. They, and Jerry and Phil, are all feeding off of each other. And the Eleven vocals are as perfect as Dead show vocals get. Then they change to the minor key for the transition into Death Don’t Have No Mercy, and the energy actually picks up before sliding gently into the ballad.

Jerry delivers a top-notch Death Don’t Have No Mercy. The guitar work is masterful. The vocal is full of soul.

This second set is better than that of the previous night. But as with most of the concerts of the late summer, early fall, the first set is better than the second. After a nicely done Other One, New Potato is average, but ends abruptly to go into drums. It’s jarring. It may be a splice, but it’s hard to tell. Drums is not that interesting--they were better in the Eleven. The show ends with some calming-but-interesting feedback/space.

Pigpen is missed in the second set. The Anthem of the Sun material is just better with Pig.

There are now 5 copies of this show at All are good quality. But you can’t go wrong with the Charllie Miller version.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 3, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "live on stage" October 13, 1968 at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.


1968 Super Soundbard.

Classic 1968 Sound.

1968 when the GRATEFUL DEAD were an underground counter culture, ACID-ROCK Band, with no multi-million dollar portfolio....just ugly hairy, scary looking hippys.

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